On every 15th of October, the global handwashing day is observed in order to ware, motivate and mobilize the people so that they can improve their handwashing habits. Although this habit is taken for granted in our day to day routine but it is of immense importance. It is estimated that about 1500 bacteria per square centimetre are present on our hands which really need to be washed off.
When to Wash Your Hands
There are certain times of the day when hand washing becomes a mandatory act. One should wash hands when:
- after using the toilet
- before and after preparing food
- after handling raw vegetables and meat
- before eating
- after using a handkerchief (in case of influenza)
- before and after attending to sick people whether young or adults
- after disposing of rubbish
- After working in the garden
Diseases spread through Contaminated Hands
There are numerous diseases which are transmitted through one person to another merely by the contact of contaminated hands and include the:
- Gastrointestinal Infections like diarrhoea
- Respiratory tract Infections like influenza
- Hepatitis A
- Infections associated with E.coli
Make a Habit
In order to prevent infections and diseases, we must opt for a good and regular habit of washing hands as it only takes two minutes.
How to Wash Hands Properly?
Observe the method in the featured image above.
Image source: betterhealth.vic.gov.au